The National Society of Professional Engineers recently played a lead role in drafting the 2014 National Engineers Week Resolution, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Daniel Lipinski (IL-3) on February 11. The bipartisan resolution, H. Res 483, supports the goals and ideals of Engineers Week, which is being celebrated February 16–22. As one of only 13 members of Congress with a degree in engineering—a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in engineering-economic systems—Lipinski understands the importance of supporting the engineers of today and offering encouragement and guidance to the engineers of tomorrow. On Friday, Rep. Lipinski will be addressing the Chicagoland Engineering Awards Banquet in Chicago.
"Throughout the history of our nation, engineers have always played a pivotal role," said Lipinski. "Engineering is problem solving, so every day engineers are working hard to make our lives better. National Engineers Week builds on these successes, bringing engineers into K–12 classrooms across the country to celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world."
DiscoverE sponsors National Engineers Week—celebrated the week of George Washington’s birthday—which focuses on sustaining and growing a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, and volunteerism to keep the United States a global leader in engineering and engineering education. Founded in 1951 by NSPE, National Engineers Week is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. This year's theme is "Let's Make a Difference."
"This week is about building a foundation for the students," stated Lipinski. "They meet an engineer—maybe for the first time—and learn about the profession through hands-on activities and demonstrations, hopefully opening their minds to eventually considering engineering as a possible career choice." Recent studies have shown that while only 4 percent of the nation's workforce is composed of scientists and engineers, this group disproportionately creates jobs for the other 96 percent.
As a member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and as the cochair of the House STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Education caucus, Rep. Lipinski has pushed for improvements in STEM education throughout his career. He is a believer that improving STEM education at all levels is among the most important steps we can take to ensure that America remains the most technologically innovative country in the world and creates jobs that meet our needs for future generations.
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The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and just over 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.